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38 Week Update

2011 July 6
by Sarah

I’m full-term now and technically Baby Roo could come any day… though I’m hoping for a minimum of at least another week while preparing myself for the statistical probability of another 3 weeks. It certainly wouldn’t be a disaster if he decided to come right now, but it would be inconvenient. After all, our kitchen still looks like this:

I’m feeling big and cumbersome these days, but overall I’m feeling well. I’m even still sleeping all the way through the night. I know, I know, pregnant women everywhere hate me for that. It’s like Jeff says: sleeping is my super power. For real.

My tiger stripes (aka stretch marks) showed up on my belly and hips a few weeks ago and continue to make strides. Good thing I love this baby already! Ah, well, they were inevitable I suppose.

We’ve made good nursery progress and the room is almost already to go. Like I said above, it wouldn’t be a disaster if he came now, but I’d really like just a little bit more time. My hospital bag is about half-packed.

We have a bazillion packages coming in the mail this week of various baby things. Okay, so more like 11. Four showed up today! UPS is going to get very familiar with our porch. Gotta get the most out of those 10% off baby registry completion discounts.

The biggest development came last week when I tested positive for Group B Strep (GBS). Basically that means I’m a carrier for this bacteria and I could pass it along to the baby during birth. He has a 1 in 200 chance (0.5%) of getting sick from the bacteria, but in this case “sick” means serious illness like pneumonia, meningitis, or sepsis. The normal course of action is to give the mother antibiotics during labor, reducing the risk of infection in the baby to 1 in 4,000 (0.025%). The issue starts to get complicated because introducing the baby’s immature immune system to antibiotics so early in life could cause other problems later on. I hate the idea of killing off all the good flora and bacteria essential to good health when I don’t know if it’s even necessary. It might be like killing a fly with a sledgehammer. It essentially becomes a numbers game. Risks vs. benefits. I see the baby’s doctor on Friday and hopefully he’ll have some good advice. If I accept the antibiotics (which seems likely at this point unless we’re prepared for a big fight against the hospital pediatricians), I’ll be prepared with strong probiotics to counteract the antibiotics. And, yes, I know I’m in the minority on this, but I really want what is best for the baby. Unfortunately, there appears to be research to back up both sides of the issue.

Since the risk to the baby is actually so low, my biggest anxiety with being GBS positive is what happens if my water breaks to kick off labor or breaks and labor is slow to start. I really want to labor at home for as long as possible, but the midwives want me to get started on antibiotics as soon as possible after my water breaks. I’ve already shared about this anxiety before, and it’s ramped up now that this new factor is in play. The numbers are in my favor for this not to happen, but it’s still hard to release my fears. The midwife I saw yesterday mentioned wanting to induce if my water breaks without spontaneous labor (so not cool!), and I have a call in to the office for clarification on that possible timeline. One of the reasons I picked this midwife practice was because they don’t pressure you to induce right away if your water breaks. I didn’t realize that being GBS+ could change all that.

Also, I’m allergic to the normally prescribed antibiotic and while there is another safe alternative for me, it comes with more possible side effects (for me and the baby). Not cool.

So… yeah. Prayers for wisdom and peace of mind are greatly appreciated.

I’ll leave you with the most recent belly picture (I swear I look bigger than this in real life):


6 Responses Post a comment
  1. July 6, 2011

    I will be praying for wisdom and discernment for you. You look beautiful!

  2. July 6, 2011

    You look gorgeous! I always thought people were full of it when they told me that, but when I see other pregnant women, I think they really do look wonderful!

    Marty was remodeling the bathroom at the end of my pregnancy. He promised he’d have it finished by the time Daniel arrived. The first thing he said when I told him I was sure I was in labor (around midnight) was, “You can’t be…I’m haven’t finished the bathroom yet!” He stayed up all night painting the bathroom!! Not saying that Jeff should get a move on in that kitchen or anything but… Jeff should get a move on. 😉

  3. Rae permalink
    July 7, 2011

    I know I say this every time you post a baby bump picture, but seriously, Sarah, you are so cute!!! You look great!

    I’ll be praying for your birth and the decisions ahead.

  4. Laura permalink
    July 8, 2011

    You look wonderful!!!

    I’ll give you a word of encouragement (from very recent experience) that you can have a great labour even hooked up to IVs and monitors and even in a super medical environment. Make sure they’ll let you move around (using monitors with telemetry, taping up an IV site so you can get into the bath/shower, having a birth ball), have your doula advocate for you on these things, and once you get into the active labour, you’ll be so focused, and hopefully relaxed, that it won’t matter where you are. Practice good meditative prayer in the days you’re waiting… let your whole body relax in anticipation of this great new gift and experience.

  5. July 8, 2011

    I’m super excited to hear about your sleeping through the night! yeah for good sleep! Will be praying about the GBS situation and pray that God really meets you in the wisdom of decision making and care for your little boy. : )

    Much love,

    Karen

  6. July 9, 2011

    Hey Sarah — I’m praying for a safe and healthy labor and delivery for both you and the baby. I continue to love your blog.

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